Manolo Blah­nik, the king of el­e­gant shoes.

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When it comes to shoes, the open­ing line of Max Ehrmann’s

Desider­ata, “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and re­mem­ber what peace there may be in si­lence”, cap­tures the essence of Manolo Blah­nik, whose footwear is a quiet com­fort in the cur­rent scream of look-at-me de­signs and look­more-at-me pro­por­tions.

Over the de­signer’s 45-year ca­reer, in­clud­ing his works for Vete­ments and Ri­hanna, a pair of Blah­niks has al­ways been beau­ti­ful, not trend-led, gaudy or trite.

His nearly five-decade-long oeu­vre is a jour­ney of orig­i­nal­ity and de­light – some­thing that’s not lost on the fashion and art worlds. Some 212 shoes are dis­played in Manolo Blah­nik: The Art of Shoes, an ex­hi­bi­tion which has toured four cities (Mi­lan, St Peters­burg, Madrid and Prague) and is now at its last stop, the Bata Shoe Mu­seum in Toronto, un­til Jan 9, 2019.

And for his old and new devo­tees, The Shoppes at Ma­rina Bay Sands has just re­opened Blah­nik’s first Sin­ga­pore flag­ship.

Clock­wise from top left:Zorok can­vas back­less pumps, $1,690. Hangisi ging­ham pumps, $1,890. Mbole leather san­dals, $1,890. Gabon suede san­dals, $1,790.For more of the de­signer’s lat­est shoes, go to our dig­i­tal edi­tion. Be­fore Jimmy Choo, be­fore Off-White and the slew of new shoe designers, there was the grand­mas­ter, Manolo Blah­nik.

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